Many Rivers to Cross: Of Good Running Water, Native Trout, and the Remains Of Wilderness

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Thoughtful, witty, and beautifully written, "Many Rivers to Cross" details M.R. Montgomery's journey into the physical and emotional territory of the American West as he explores the meaning and experience of wilderness.

Montgomery's travels take him from the headwaters of the Columbia River to eastern Oregon and to Big Goose Creek, where General Custer's reinforcements camped and went fishing instead of joining the battle at Little Bighorn. He guides us through overlooked ...

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Overview

Thoughtful, witty, and beautifully written, "Many Rivers to Cross" details M.R. Montgomery's journey into the physical and emotional territory of the American West as he explores the meaning and experience of wilderness.

Montgomery's travels take him from the headwaters of the Columbia River to eastern Oregon and to Big Goose Creek, where General Custer's reinforcements camped and went fishing instead of joining the battle at Little Bighorn. He guides us through overlooked locations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon -- all of the last best places. And of course there is the ever-present quest for trout, from the Bonneville cutthroat to the rare Apache.

There are indeed many rivers to cross, and M.R. Montgomery shows us that each is in just the right place.

As an angler in search of wild trout and an urban dweller in search of the wild frontier, Montgomery has traveled to magical places where the water runs clear and the trout are abundant--and to landscapes threatened by tourists, developers, and even grazing cows. His book is at once a quirky, lively fishing journal and a lyrical ode to our vanishing wilderness. Line drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

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Leonard Wright, Jr. Editor of The Fly Fisher's Reader The voice of the true trout fisher — one that exhorts us all to what the sport is really all about. A crisply written, brilliantly conceived, landmark book.

Bill Mckibben Author of The End of Nature Montgomery catches some fish in this book, of course — but he also catches mood, angle of light, tang of longing. If your next wilderness vacation is six months away, this will keep you sane.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684818290
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

M.R. Montgomery has been a journalist with The Boston Globe since 1975 and is the author of several previous books. He lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

1. Up in the Pines 13
2. At Turtle Cave 30
3. On the River with Crook 40
4. Apache Country 55
5. In the Sierra Bonita 77
6. Over the Waterpocket Fold 95
7. Cougar Country 108
8. Saddlebag Trout 119
9. Across the Great Divide 131
10. Mud Volcanos 152
11. Along the Snake 171
12. San Juans, Sangre de Cristos 182
13. Woodchuck Eaters 198
14. Veltie's Camp 211
15. Wild Horses 222
16. Bullbats and Beer 233
17. Sitting in Paradise 241
L'Envoi 253
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